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CDC Makes Guidance Easier

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CDC Makes Guidance Easier

By The Employer Group - Apr 26, 2024

On March 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated and simplified its recommendations for managing respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Due to effective vaccines, treatments, and population immunity, there has been a significant reduction in the number of serious COVID-19 cases.

The new guidance has streamlined the approach on how to address risks from common respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

  • Updated Guidance Summary:
    1. You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:
        • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and
        • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication)
    2. When you go back to your normal activities, take added precautions over the next 5 days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner airwearing a maskphysical distancing, and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors.
        • Keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. You are likely to be less contagious at this time, depending on factors such as the duration of the illness and severity of illness.
        • If you develop a fever or you start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, repeat the above steps 1-2.
  • Employer Recommendations:
    1. Encourage employees to stay up to date with vaccinations against respiratory viruses like flu, COVID-19, and RSV.
    2. Promote good hygiene practices such as covering coughs and sneezes, frequent handwashing or sanitizing, and regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
    3. Implement measures for cleaner air indoors, such as increasing ventilation, using air purifiers, or encouraging outdoor gatherings.

By adhering to these guidelines, employers can create a healthier workplace and reduce the spread of respiratory viruses within their organizations.



This information does not constitute legal advice.

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